Crisci Associates, May 4, 2015
(5/4/2015)
* General Assembly Returns To Begin Race To Meet June 30 Deadline For Budget

The Senate and House return to session Monday and with their return they begin the run up to the June 30 deadline to pass a state budget.

* State Reports April Revenue Collections Were $201 Million More Than Anticipated

Pennsylvania collected $4 billion in General Fund revenue in April, which was $201 million, or 5.3 percent, more than anticipated, Acting Secretary of Revenue Eileen McNulty reported Friday.

* Gov. Wolf’s First 100 Days, A Review By The Governor

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday put out a review of his actions during his first 100 days in office in the form of a memo and video to media.  Here’s what it said.

* Political News & NewsClips

3 Special House Elections Coming: The Speaker of the House has 3 special elections to schedule this year to fill the seats of Rep. Glen Grell (R-Cumberland), who just resigned to become Executive Director of the PA School Employees Retirement System, Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware), who went back to law enforcement work and Rep. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia), who is running for Senator, now Lt. Gov. Mike Stack’s seat.

* Session Schedule/Governor’s Schedule

Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House--

* On The Senate/House Agenda

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee showing bills of interest--

* Bills Introduced

The following bills of interest were introduced this week--

* Weeks Ahead

Upcoming meetings, hearings and other events on legislative issues in Harrisburg, unless otherwise noted.   NEW means new from last week.

* Annual Report On Casino Gaming Impact On Horse Racing Industry Released

The Gaming Control Board Tuesday released its annual Racetrack Casino Benchmark Report. Since its first release in 2008, this annual report has concentrated on the impact of Pennsylvania casinos on the state's horse racing industry.

* PA Supreme Court Announces Court Administration Leadership Changes

Zygmont A. Pines, Esq. will step down July 31, 2015 as Court Administrator of Pennsylvania and be succeeded by Deputy Court Administrator Thomas B. Darr, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts announced Wednesday on behalf of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

* State Employees’ Retirement Board Sets Contribution Rate

The Board of the PA State Employees' Retirement System Wednesday formally adopted the employer contribution rate set by current law at 25 percent of payroll as the composite employer contribution rate for the commonwealth's 2015-16 fiscal year.

* PA Commission For Community Colleges Board Elects Executive Committee

The Board of Directors of the PA Commission for Community Colleges elected new offers to its Executive Committee at the Commission’s Annual Meeting on April 13 in Harrisburg.

* Wolf Asks Feds For State-Based Marketplace To Protect 382,000 In PA

Gov. Tom Wolf Friday outlined a contingency plan to protect 382,000 Pennsylvanians from losing subsidies that help them afford health insurance coverage.

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